June 9, 2016 – Salina Public Library will welcome two authors this June. Ann Parr will discuss her book, “Coach Tex Winter: Triangle Basketball” at 6:30 p.m. June 21. Historian Phil S. Dixon will present “Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown” at 7 p.m. June 23. Both presentations will be in the Prescott Room.
Fred “Tex” Winter was an innovator in the game of basketball with his triple-post offense, or Triangle Basketball. Implemented during Winter’s college coaching years at Kansas State University and later perfected at the NBA level, the Triangle was a key component of in helping head coach Phil Jackson win 11 NBA titles. In her book, Parr, whose husband Jack Parr played for Winter at K-State, offers a personal perspective on the coach’s life.
Parr is a former elementary teacher and worked for her family’s development company for 30 years. Along the way, her fascination with writing flourished, resulting in the writing, compiling or editing of 13 books. She continues to contribute to local newspapers and has several book manuscripts ready for their next steps.
In 2014, Dixon began a “Monarchs in Our Hometown” tour to honor Kansas City’s 1924 World Champion Monarchs. He has visited more than 90 cities. Dixon talks about Monarchs’ games played in that particular city – data he researched over the past 35 years.
“In some cities the Monarchs competed against local competition, in others, they played against Negro League teams or major league All-Star teams and players, history that is unknown to the locals. Games were generally against white players and teams,” Dixon said. “This is the kind of exciting local history that I combine with the history of African-American ballplayers during my presentations – history that has often gone unrecognized, until now.”
Dixon has written numerous books on baseball. He won the prestigious Casey Award for the Best Baseball Book of 1992 and later received a Society of American Baseball Researchers MacMillan Award for his excellence as a researcher along with a host of other honors. He has appeared on History Detectives, C-span and other broadcast media. In his community, Dixon served as an inner city baseball coach for more than 25 years, and as an advisor to Kansas City’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities youth baseball program. He is a co-founder and current board member for the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
May 24, 2016 – Families are invited to cool off and relax this summer at Salina Public Library’s movie nights.
The first movie will be “McFarland, USA,” rated PG, on June 2. The film tells the story of a struggling coach (played by Kevin Costner) who starts a cross-country team in McFarland, Calif.
On June 16, the movie will be “Inside Out,” rated PG. The animated film follows young Riley who is struggling with her family’s move. Her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness — conflict on how to best navigate a new city, house and school.
“Jayhawkers,” directed by Kevin Willmott, University of Kansas, will be shown on June 30. The film is about a group of unlikely allies in 1950s Kansas who modernized college sports and changed a community, serving as a parallel to the Civil Rights movement.
Rounding out the series on July 19 will be “The Music Never Stopped,” rated PG. The movie tells the story of a father who struggles to bond with his estranged son Gabriel, after Gabriel suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories.
All showings are at 6:30 p.m. in the Prescott Room. There will be snacks and drawings for door prizes.
For those who love a classic or campy flare to their movies, Quirky Classic Movies will offer films in June and July. On June 18, the movie will be “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” The 1962 thriller stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. June’s showing will include snacks and a drawing for a door prize. The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episode featuring “The Crawling Eye” will be shown on July 9. “Mystery Science Theater” is a comedy, sci-fi show that adds humorous commentary to B movies. Quirky Classics will be at 2 p.m. in the Prescott Room. Commentary is encouraged.